The efforts of pioneers like Dhundiraj Govind Phalke better known as Dadasaheb
Phalke who made India's first silent film Raja Harischandra (1913) and
R. G. Torney or our own Raghupathi Venkaiah, his son R.S. Prakash and
C. Pulliah who made cinema popular during the silent era taking film
rolls and projectors exhibiting films in nook and corner of the South?
Raghupathi Venkaiah hailed as father of Telugu cinema is the first
exhibitor in the South. He bought crono-megaphone, the first projector
equipped to reproduce `sound' by disk system and exhibited short reels
way back in 1910. He travelled all over the South and in Burma and
Ceylon. Venkaiah established Star of East studios known as glass
studio to produce silent films.